The Composers’ Fund: Gwyn Pritchard
Gwyn Pritchard (b.1948) studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and first came to the attention of the British public in concerts at London’s Southbank in the late 1970s. Since then much of his compositional activity has been based abroad, firstly in Poland, and later in Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Germany, but with many performances in other countries.
His compositions include works for orchestra, ensembles, solo instruments, vocal works and pieces employing electronics. They have been performed around the world, often by world-renowned players, broadcast on many radio and television networks, and have been included in leading international festivals including Warsaw Autumn, Wien Modern, Huddersfield, ISCM World Music Days, Weimar Frühjahrstage, in Berlin at the Randspiele, Klangwekstatt and Pyramidale festivals, at Daegu in S Korea, the International New Music Week in Southampton (at which he was a featured composer, alongside Lutoslawski), and numerous others.
He is a professor of composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London, and has given lectures and masterclasses at many academic institutions in Europe, America and Asia. He has written, introduced and participated in programmes for the BBC, and has contributed articles and reviews to a variety of international musical publications. Pritchard’s music is published by Verlag Neue Musik, Berlin.
The Composers’ Fund will support him to research and write his latest orchestral work for the distinguished German orchestra: Jenaer Philharmonie, for performance at the Weimar Spring Contemporary Music Festival 2018.